Carlisle Dance Academy

Meet the Team

Meet The Team

The Carlisle Dance Academy dance instructors:



My name is Laura and I am proud to be the proprietor of Carlisle Dance Academy. I am also an experienced Primary School Teacher and I am very honoured to be the Mum of three lovely boys.

Having danced since a young age my dream was always to own my own dancing school and now I am lucky enough to have achieved this dream.

Throughout my dancing career I have performed and choreographed a huge variety of shows and events. Growing up in a world of dance I loved to perform, there is no other feeling like it! Having hung up my dancing shoes (kind of!) my excitement now comes from teaching and watching how our pupils at CDA shine like the stars!



My name is Abbie. I am a qualified dance teacher at CDA, whilst also completing my Masters Degree at the University of Cumbria.

I have danced since the age of 3. Dancing has always been a big part of my life. I have been fortunate enough to assist with classes since the age of 14 and from this completing my teachers exams, which was a great opportunity.

I enjoy teaching, inspiring and wanting to share my passion for dancing with the children I work with, working at CDA is an absolute pleasure as we are one big family, all with a love for dancing!



My name is Amy. I am a qualified dance teacher at CDA, whilst also completing my Sport rehabilitation Degree at the University of Cumbria.

I have danced since the age 3.



My name is Becca, I am a primary school teacher and dance teacher. I am a fun, friendly and bubbly character, I am always up for enjoying myself, and hate to miss out on anything. I am kind, caring and would do anything for anyone.  I love working with children because no day is the same and it is extremely rewarding and puts a smile on my face.

I have been dancing since I was 3 years old – ballet, tap and modern. I have made some of my closest friends at dancing, who I know will be in my life forever. My favourite part of dancing is the show, both taking part and watching others enjoy themselves on the stage, there is no other feeling like it, and unless you have been part of that no one will understand. Dancing is a fantastic hobby to have in your life, which can lead to many exciting opportunities if you stick with it. I know this from experience.


My name is Ellie.



My name is Emily.

I have dance since I was 2 years old. Being very passionate in dancing, taking part in a variety of pantomimes, shows and local performances.

I was very lucky to grow up through Carlisle Dance Academy and be offered the opportunity of a job. I starting to assist in classes from the age of 13. Sitting my first teachers exam at 16, and my second teachers exam the month after I turned 18 (the legal age to sit the exam).

I love my job working with children, no day is ever the same and it is very rewarding.



My name is Gabby. I work as a primary school teacher alongside working as a dance teacher at CDA. I enjoy everything about dancing and I am extremely fortunate enough to be able to do it as a job.

I have danced since the age of 6, performing in shows, improving confidence and making new friends, are just some of the amazing experiences I’ve had through being a member of CDA.

I love working with children, seeing the smile on their faces when they enjoy what they are doing, there is nothing more rewarding.


My name is Jasmin. Alongside working at CDA, I work for a building society.



My name is Joanna, I am a qualified dance teacher, fitness instructor and personal trainer… I just love to exercise! I have danced since the age of 2 and thoroughly enjoy performing on stage, I have taken part in hundreds of shows, displays and events.

At CDA I love to help children achieve their potential and watch them flourish. Teaching the children at CDA is something I thoroughly enjoy and  I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to pass on my passion for dance to so many people.



My name is Kelly. I have been dancing since I was 3. Dancing has always been a massive part of my life. I love teaching and it is amazing to see children performing with a huge smile on their face knowing they are enjoying every minute and the progress that they make.

I have work at Cumbria Constabulary. I am a MARAC (Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference) Co-ordinator within the Public Protection Unit for the county.

I’m lucky that I have two jobs which are very diverse and both so rewarding in different ways.



My name is Leony.

I have danced non-stop since the age of 2.

I am a full time dance teacher working for CDA, a previous primary school teacher. Alongside teaching at CDA I go into Primary school teaching dance PE and after school clubs.

I love being able to pass on my passion for dance to the pupils of CDA and relish the opportunity to express my creativity through my own choreography.

I have performed all over the Country in a range of theatre and dance productions from pantomimes to festivals.



My name is Lisa. I work in a local primary school alongside working at CDA, I love working with children.
I have been dancing since I was 3 years old and have taken part in a variety of pantomimes, shows and cabarets.

Dancing is something I have always been very passionate about. I feel very lucky to have 2 very rewarding jobs I love.



My name is Lois. I am currently studying Primary Education at The University of Cumbria.